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Oakwood homes during the
'teen' years -
1913 to 1919

Smith Gardens Perennial Sale April 18-19

The twenty-second annual Friends of Smith Gardens “Perennial Sale” will be held on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 at the Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Road.  The hours are from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  Over 100 varieties of plants will be available including
perennials, hostas, ferns, herbs, ornamental grasses, daylilies and some annuals.

All plant material is Ohio grown, within a 100 miles of Dayton.  All of the growers are known for their excellent quality plants.  Plant material will be potted in 3”and 4 1/2” pots, quarts and gallon containers and will arrive in
Oakwood the day of the sale so all the plants are fresh from the growers and the best of quality.

A complete listing of plants is now available at the Community Center, 105 Patterson Road or by calling the OCC at 298-0775. This fundraising event is open to the public with proceeds going to the care and maintenance of Smith Gardens.

'Evening on the Avenue’ slated for April 23

Evening shopping, music on the streets, refreshments in the stores, raffle drawing for great prizes…enjoy all this for three full hours during “An Evening on the Avenue.”

Mark this date! On Wednesday, April 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. many of the Shops of Oakwood will keep their doors open in a special “Evening on the Avenue” shopping event. Sponsored by the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, shoppers, browsers and strollers will find the evening a multi-faceted treat.

In addition to discovering the interesting, varied merchandise available in the Shops of Oakwood, and being able to shop during the early evening hours, you’ll have a chance to enter a raffle drawing for an array of exciting prizes.

To earn a raffle ticket - or two - all you have to do is a little shopping! For each $25 spent at the participating shops you’ll receive one raffle ticket. At 7 p.m. the raffle tickets will be collected for a drawing that will take place during a reception and social hour at C’est Tout Bistro at 7:30 p.m.

You must be present to win, so plan to stay and enjoy the wine, cheese and refreshments that will be served compliments of  C’est Tout, Heidelberg Distributing, LCNB National Bank and Command Roofing. Linda Moon of Musical Moments will be providing the entertainment that evening at C’est Tout.

RED: Table design benefit April 25-26

Oakwood residents Debbie Basnett, Dana Hookassian and Jean Winham, who also own Vintage Scout Interiors in historic downtown Centerville, and Debbie “Fifi” Froelich will present an Andy Warhol-inspired table design April 25 and 26 as part of RED: Design and Dine 2008. The event is a fundraiser for the AIDS Resource Center Ohio. Oakwood businesses involved in the fundraiser are: Whispers, From Inside Out, Augenstein Interiors, Collage, Preen, K-12 Gallery for Young People, The Pink Daisy and Luken Interiors.

RED is an acronym for the event’s underlying message: Reach. Empower. Dream of a world without HIV/AIDS. “We are thrilled to be participating in such an enormously

vital event,” said Winham. “The money raised will help the center continue its compassionate mission to provide HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs; testing and counseling; support services; and access to care throughout the state.”

The designers summoned the spirit of pop artist Warhol and his muses at the New York City Factory during the 1960s and created an edgy,

decidedly avant-garde approach to their table design.

RED will take place at the Roundhouse at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. A preview cocktail party showcasing more than 40 different themed dining vignettes will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 25. General admission is $40 and Grand Patron admittance is $65. The preview will feature a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. On Saturday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to midnight, the black-tie-optional gala event will take place with gourmet dining, valet parking, and dancing to the music of the Marygolds. A live auction will also be held. Tickets are $200.

For reservations or more information, contact Jack Omer at (937) 461-2437, ext. 2025.

Cox EarthWise Celebration April 19 - 27

At Cox Arboretum MetroPark, the month of April not only brings blooming tulips and daffodils, but also the EarthWise Celebration, a nine-day schedule of events between Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 27. This new event will celebrate

Earth Day and Arbor Day and help educate attendees about living life and gardening in a way that will protect the Earth. Cox Arboretum MetroPark is located at 6733 Springboro Pike, just north of the Dayton Mall.  

The EarthWise Celebration will feature the Arbor Day Adventure and the Wildflower Sale. The Arbor Day Adventure will be held on Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This fun-filled, interactive, outdoor challenge will celebrate trees and nature and help families discover simple things they can do to help protect the Earth. This year’s adventure is inspired by the book, “How Mother Nature Flowered the Fields of Earth and Mars” by Tom Schwartz. The story will unfold as costumed characters lead groups from station to station completing challenges to advance to the next part of the story. The last adventure tour will leave the Zorniger Education Center at 3:30pm. Attendees should dress for the weather. The first 400 families will receive a White Dogwood sapling. Event is free and open to the public.

The Wildflower Sale will be   held on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the area behind the Zorniger Education Center. A members-only preview will take place from 10 – 11 a.m. The celandine poppy, Jacob’s ladder and tall bell flower are among the favorites of the more than 50 species for sale. All plants have been propagated and grown in Cox Arboretum’s five-acre Woodland Wildflower Garden or rescued from local habitats.

The EarthWise Celebration also includes two all-day symposiums with speakers like Melinda Myers, horticulturist, book author and host of the PBS series, “Great Lakes Gardener’; and Pat Stone, former TV garden correspondent, national speaker and author of “Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul.” Other events include various speaker presentations, a trip to the Cincinnati Flower Show and the Adopt-A-Park clean-up.

All Stars against Alzheimer’s Gala

“All Stars Against Alzheimer’s,” a unique sports-themed gala celebrating the Alzheimer’s Association, Miami Valley Chapter’s 25th anniversary, will be held on Friday, May 16, at the University of Dayton Arena, beginning 6:30 p.m.

Honorary Chair Kirk Herbstreit of the ESPN network will share the stage with keynote speaker Coach Frank Broyles, the recently retired Athletic Director and “winningest” football coach of the University of Arkansas.  

Kirk Herbstreit
Frank Broyles

This “cocktail-attire” event includes dinner, a raffle, a sports memorabilia auction, and photo and autograph opportunities.  All monies raised at this event will support programs and services for Miami Valley residents living with Alzheimer’s disease. The Kettering Health Network, Premiere Health Partners, and the Beach Family Foundation (In honor of Lee Schroeder), are “All Star” sponsor of this gala.  National City Bank, WHIO-TV7, and the University of Dayton Flyers, are “Super Star” sponsors.  

For reservations and more information, contact Teresa Thomas at (937) 291-3332 or email her at  Additional information can be found at

1908 Centennial flight conference slated May 8-10

In 1908, just five years after making their first, short pioneering flights, the Wright brothers introduced their invention to the world with spectacular demonstrations in the United States and France. The flights of 1908 confirmed the accomplishments of the two brothers from Ohio not just to the public at large, but to the international community of experimenters who had also dreamed of a flying machine. The Wrights had been members of this community from the start of their inquiries in the 1890s. Once publicly presenting their invention, the Wrights became leading figures in an international community dedicated to bringing the benefits of flight to the world and flight has been a truly international phenomenon ever since. The centennial year of those flights affords the opportunity to reflect upon this international community of flight.

Wright State University hosts the “International Community of Flight: A Centennial History” conference at its Student Union May 8-10, 2008, welcoming scholars from around the world to discuss the international nature of the history and development of flight. Registration fee is $50. Register by April 25, 2008, online at or by calling (937)775-2092.

Conference sponsors are the Wright Family Foundation, National Aviation Heritage Alliance, University of Dayton, CFM, and Wright State University.

Keynote speakers include Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Reheiser, Commander, Air Force Security Assistance Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base; Tom Crouch, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum; and Claude Carlier, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris.

Attendees will be able to select from the following concurrent sessions presented by an international group of scholars:

• Russia and the International Community of Flight

• U.S. Air Force’s Training of International Students

• Material Culture Perspectives on Charles A. Lindbergh

• Methodology, Invention, and Innovation:  Interwar Aeronautical Technology in the U.S. and Europe

• Trans-Oceanic and Transcontinental Air Routes

• Urban and Gender Issues in Aviation

• Building and Promoting American Air Power

• Transfer of Knowledge, International Competition and Cooperation

• The Legacy of Marcel Dassault

The conference opens with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, followed by a day of concurrent sessions 8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Friday, May 9. On Saturday, May 10, participants can tour Dayton area aviation sites including the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park (both free), and Carillon Historical Park and Hawthorn Hill (separate admission fees). Advance reservations required for Hawthorn Hill).

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Kite Nite

On Sunday April 27, 4-6 p.m. celebrate spring with your family at Old River by Flying a Kite.  Kite Nite is a chance for you and the family to show off you flying skills, or try flying a kite for the first time.  Bring your own kite and show off your skills or just sit back and enjoy the calm of soft spring evening.  You don’t have your own kite?  Not a problem!  There will be plastic kits available for a nominal fee.  We can’t guarantee the weather conditions; there is no rain date for this program.  Call the Leisure Line at 297-2935 for program updates.

Salute to Seniors Luncheon

Wednesday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. Mark your calendars now for the annual Salute to Seniors Luncheon.  This event is open to any area senior and is free for Oakwood senior residents 60 years and older.  The activities planned include entertainment, door prizes and of course a wonderful lunch.  Space is limited please call the OCC now, 298-0775, to reserve your place.

Health Fair

The 2008 Senior Health Fair will be held on Thursday, May 8 at the Oakwood Community Center’s Teen Center.  Again this year the Wellness Connection will offer both cholesterol screening and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening.  This test is very important in the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.  “Your Health Matters” will also be on hand offering three stroke prevention screenings:  Carotid Artery, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.   Screening for Osteoporosis will also be available.  Avanda Audiology & Hearing Care will be offering free hearing tests.  Call the Oakwood Community Center for all appointments at 298-00775

City Notes...

Hydrant Flushing

The city of Oakwood will commence flushing fire hydrants throughout the city started on April 7, and will continue through April 25, 2008.  The following is the city’s schedule for flushing hydrants.  These dates are a guideline.  In the event of unforeseen problems, there may be a delay.

Hydrant Flushing Schedule:

East Drive to Orchard 4/7-4/8

Triangle to Wiltshire 4/9-4/10

Telford to Greenmount 4/11

Dellwood to Patterson 4/14

Patterson to East Thruston 4/15

N. of Thruston to Volusia 4/16

Rubicon, Volusia between Oakwood and Far Hills and Hatch Plat 4/17

Runnymede, Oakwood and Park Road to Ridgeway 4/18

Harman Ave. to Forrer Rd. 4/21

Park Road, Ridgeway to Peach Orchard 4/22

Peach Orchard, Ridgeway and Oak Knoll plat  4/23-4/24

All of Far Hills Avenue 4/25

While the hydrant flushing may cause some discoloration, the water is safe and will clear shortly after your area is flushed. Please check your water for clarity prior to doing any laundry.  Should your laundry become discolored, do not dry clothes until you have had an opportunity to re-wash them in a special detergent available from the water billing department at 30 Park Avenue between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Public Works Center at 298-0777.

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